Date: 6/19/18 8:02 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 6/19/2018
Joe Coleman

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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/19/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
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Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June
12 and was completed on Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA and ROSEATE SPOONBILL*
in DE and MD.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, rails, SANDHILL CRANE,
shorebirds, terns, loons, ANHINGA, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED


A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was photographed June 12 in the Martin Yard,
Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA and seen again on the 13th.

A ROSEATE SPOONBILL* was seen June 13 at Big Stone Beach, Kent Co, DE; one
was also seen June 15 at Ted Harvey WMA, Kent Co, DE. A ROSEATE SPOONBILL*
was found June 17 in the marsh at North Beach, Calvert Co, MD and was seen
again on June 18. While it has been moving around several viewers have
reported getting good looks at it from the guardrail on Rte 261 (Bay Ave).


Out-of-season waterfowl included a report of 10 SNOW GEESE mixed in with
Canada Geese at Ocean Pines, Worcester Co, MD on June 17. Four TRUMPETER
SWANS, two of which appeared to be first year birds, were seen June 15 at
Wooton's Landing, Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD before flying
north. A continuing TUNDRA SWAN was seen June 15 at Kinder farm Park, Anne
Arundel Co, MD. One was also seen June 18 at Southwest Area Park, Baltimore
Co, MD. The continuing TUNDRA SWAN at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA was
seen throughout the week.

Other lingering waterfowl this past week included a SURF SCOTER on June 12
and 14 at Swan Creek Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD; a BLACK
SCOTER on June 14 on Hog Island, Queen Anne's Co, MD; a LONG-TAILED DUCK at
Beverly-Triton Beach, Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 15; and BUFFLEHEADS in a
variety of locations. Lingering ducks in VA included a REDHEAD seen June 16
at Tailrace Park, John H. Kerr Reservoir, Mecklenburg, Co, VA and a
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER June 12 at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA.

A SORA was seen June 13 at the Shenandoah Wetlands (Cold Springs Rd),
Augusta Co, VA. A COMMON GALLINULE was seen June 16 on Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen June 16 along Woodlands Church Rd, Rockingham
Co, VA.

The two WILSON'S PLOVERS on Metompkin Island in Accomack Co, VA were seen
again on June 17. A PIPING PLOVER was reported June 16 at Grandview Nature
Preserve, Hampton Co, VA.

A single GULL-BILLED TERN was seen June 18 flying over Shearness Pool,
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. A COMMON TERN was seen again at Rocky Gap SP
in Allegany Co, MD on June 14.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen June 18 at Point Comfort station, Cape Henlopen
SP, Sussex Co, DE. A COMMON LOON was seen June 15 just upstream from the dam
on Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford Co, VA.

A male and female ANHINGA were seen together and photographed June 17 at the
Carson Wetland, Prince George Co, VA.

A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the Shenandoah Wetlands (Cool Springs Rd),
Augusta Co, VA on June 13. Another LEAST BITTERN was heard June 14 at Ragged
Island WMA, Isle of Wight Co, VA.

On June 13 and 18 a single YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen flying
upstream from the C&O Canal, NW DC. On June 17 one was seen at Hains Point,
East Potomac Park, SW DC.

MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to be seen in a wide variety of locations
including one seen June 16 from the C&O Canal, Glen Echo, Montgomery Co, MD.
Another was seen throughout the week in NW DC from a grassy area across from
5525-5529 Potomac Ave.

Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen June 14 at the Loudoun Water Authority,
Loudoun Co, VA.

The COMMON RAVENS at Bateau Pond in Terrapin Nature Park in Queen Anne's Co,
MD were seen again on June 12 and 13.

A lingering WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen again on June 12, 14, and 17 at
the Chester River Field Research Center (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD. A
continuing VESPER SPARROW was seen June 12 and 17 along E Ruhl Rd near
Peterman Rd, Baltimore Co, MD.

Three MOURNING WARBLERS were seen June 15 on Upper Sapling Ridge, Highland
Co, VA. Also in Highland Co, two MOURNING WARBLERS were seen June 16 on the
Virginia side of Paddy Knob.

DICKCISSELS continued in healthy numbers at a number of locations in the
reporting area, with sightings along Passwaters Farm Rd, Sussex Co, DE on
June 15 and 18; Ironshire Station Rd, Worcester Co, MD throughout the week;
Underwood Rd, Howard Co, MD on June 12 and 14; at Oaks Landfill (private),
Montgomery Co, MD, on June 16; at 30628 State Rte 613, Waverly, Sussex Co,
VA on June 13; in Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William Co, VA on June
15; at T. Clay Wood School, Prince William Co, VA on June 16; at 31019
Petersburg Rd, Sussex Co, VA on June 17; and near the junction of Swan and
Silo Rds, Appomattox
Co, VA on June 14 and 17.


This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, and eBird records.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, an excellent source for guidebooks and
many other nature-related titles.

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Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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